December 02, 2008

Professor Tom Rich, left, and George Waltman, director of the Project Development Laboratory.
Professor Tom Rich, left, and George Waltman, director of the Project Development Laboratory.

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LEWISBURG, Pa. – Which Bucknell University senior design project, researched and fabricated in 2001, made headlines in 2008?

In 2001, three Bucknell engineering students – Shannon Cooney, Patrick Kunze and Aaron Tajima, all Class of 2001 – researched and built a working Gutenberg-style printing press.

Fast forward to 2008.

The renowned Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., was searching high and low for a working hand-press to show at a new exhibit and, afterward, to use in its hands-on education programs. They discovered a picture of the 2001 student-built model on Bucknell’s website and, long story short, the Folger commissioned Bucknell’s project development lab to build over the summer an exact replica of the student research project.

In shadow of Capitol
In September, the hand-press went on prominent display at the Folger, situated virtually in the shadow of the U.S. Capital Building, where it will remain through the end of January.

Along the way, it became the most read research-related story on the University’s website this year.

Bucknell’s top research-related stories of the year through November:

1)      Bucknell Gutenberg-style press heads to nation’s capital
The Gutenberg-style printing press built this summer at Bucknell University makes its way to Washington, D.C., this week where it will be featured in a prestigious library exhibit and then be part of the library’s ongoing hands-on education program.

2)      History Channel producers tap into Bucknell expertise
An international production crew visited the Bucknell campus to interview a professor and student researcher about primate behavior for an upcoming two-hour History Channel program.

3)      Summer research taking Bucknell students around globe
Undergraduate summer research projects will take Bucknell students around the globe -- from Central Pennsylvania and a remote mountain base camp in Alaska to the north African country of Sudan. || Audio: Student Megan Vodzak in her own words

4)      Researcher studies bat hibernation for clues to white-nose syndrome
Biologist DeeAnn Reeder is participating in a multi-state research project to learn more about white-nose syndrome, a mysterious condition that is killing bats throughout the northeastern United States.

5)      Research by two geologists in Alaska leads to Mars
Research in a remote corner of Alaska by Bucknell geology professors Craig Kochel and Jeffrey Trop could help scientists better understand what's happening on the Red Planet. || Video:
Professors Kochel and Trop on their research 

For more stories, visit Bucknell’s 2008 news archive.

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